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Hello, 

My name is Imelda Melchor. I am a senior at West Campus High School. In the beginning of my senior year we were assigned a senior project as one of our graduation requirements. The purpose of the project is to help open a door to our future career. I wanted to do something fun, yet that has an important purpose. Therefore, I chose to focus it on anti-bullying. Why? I was bullied as a kid, and I am strong believer that no kid should go through bullying. I wanted to show kids a different way to deal with bullying. I started out with an idea, and that idea led me onto this very website. I've work with children in 4th-6th grade for about 4 years now, so I wanted to do something relating to children. When I read about Verbal Judo, I immediately called our instructor Mr. Oliver to be my mentor. Within a day, he called me more than willing to be my mentor.

I started attending martial art classes back in November, November 16th to be exact :). On the very first day of class, we coincidentally spoke about Verbal Judo. I took some notes and started thinking about what exactly I was going to present. I spoke to Mr. Oliver and he introduced me one of the presentations he does at local elementary schools. As soon as he did that, I knew exactly what I was going to do. I wrote my letter of intent & it got approved by my English teacher, and I began by attending classes two days a week. 

I am almost done with my project, and planning on presenting the week of April 19. The only thing holding me back is my stage fright, but I know I must get over that to make a difference in these children's lives.

I am so thankful that Mr. Oliver has given me the opportunity to work on my project with him. 

I can't wait to continue on with my martial arts training. 

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Comment by Dave Samuel on March 28, 2012 at 8:54pm

Welcome Imelda - your project sounds awesome.  It is excellent you are doing a project which can help kids lead happier lives!

Comment by Imelda Melchor on March 28, 2012 at 4:20pm

Thank you so much for the support Mr. Oliver.

Comment by Mike Oliver on March 28, 2012 at 2:36am
Welcome to the team Imelda. That work that you do with these kids--some of them will remember it for the rest of their lives. I know you see me a mentor for you, but you are the real mentor in this project. Keep it up, and don't be afraid to shoot for larger goals. I can see you taking this presentation to other schools, other districts...

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